A Bollywood movie that is set in Kolkata, would never be complete without featuring the iconic Howrah Bridge in it.
Needless to say, Bollywood has a fascination about Kolkata’s aesthetic beauty, culture and heritage. Over the years, they have produced a number of movies that have direct/indirect connection with this city. And when it comes to capturing Kolkata’s remarkable landmarks in movies, Howrah Bridge would surely top of the list. So, let’s take a look at some Bollywood movies that have shown this structure beautifully on screen.
Howrah Bridge: This Shakti Samanta directorial venture features the Howrah bridge in a number of scenes. The sequence where the tangewala Shyamu (played by Om Prakash) sings the number “Yeh Kalkatta Hai” (in Mohammad Rafi’s voice), covers the bridge along with several other places of Kolkata such as Esplanade, BBD Bag, Chowringhee, Victoria Memorial etc.
Pyaasa: Directed by the legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt, ‘Pyaasa’ revolves around an Urdu poet who goes through a lot of struggles to find love as well as professional recognition. The movie offers us a view of the Howrah Bridge in old Kolkata (then Calcutta).
Do Bigha Zameen: Bimal Roy’s ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ brilliantly portrays the socio-economic scenarios of India in the post-independence era. In the scene where Sambhu and his son Kanhaiya visit Calcutta, we get to see some incredible shots of the Howrah Bridge.
Khamoshi: An amazing movie which still remains to be everyone’s favourite, ‘Khamoshi’ (1970) is set entirely in Kolkata (then Calcutta). The iconic song sequence “Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeed Thi” features the Howrah Bridge in a very artistic way.
Amar Prem: This iconic movie by Shakti Samanta captures the Howrah Bridge in the sequence “Chingari Koi Bhadke”. However, it’s not real as they shot the scene in a studio and used a back projection of the structure.
Yuva: Initially titled ‘Howrah Bridge’, this Mani Ratnam classic tells a story in the backdrop of this iconic bridge. In fact, the bridge looks absolutely magical in the sequence “Kabhi Neem Neem”.
Barfi!: The beauty of West Bengal and its people is shown superbly in this movie. In its Kolkata part, the bridge is shown in a number of scenes. The scene where Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra) looks at the bridge through a glass ball is truly majestic.
Kahaani: Sujay Ghosh’s ‘Kahaani’ does proper justice in portraying the rich art, culture and beauty of Kolkata on screen. Along with Victoria Memorial and Durga Puja, this film also features Howrah Bridge in a beautiful way.
Piku: Directed by Sujith Sarkar and starring Amitabh Bachchan – Deepika Padukone in lead roles, this heart-wrenching movie also has some scenes at the Howrah Bridge.
The list also includes movies like ‘Parineeta’, ‘Love Aaj Kal ‘, ‘Gunday’, ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi’ etc.